News You Can Use: 12/18/18

National Security

Poor Security Could Leave U.S. Defenseless Against Missile Attacks, Nextgov

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep, The Washington Post

Academic Paywalls Harm National Security, Defense One

The Divide Between Silicon Valley and Washington Is a National-Security Threat, The Atlantic

North Korea condemns U.S. sanctions, warns denuclearization at risk, Reuters

Trump plans to create unified US Space Command, The Associated Press

The Grim Future of Urban Warfare, The Atlantic

How Trump’s new chief of staff can impact the FY20 defense plan, Defense News


Audit finds cyber vulnerabilities in US missile defense system, Navy Times

The Government’s Bioterror-Response Website May Be Leaking Sensitive Data, Nextgov

Nielsen says cyber is a conflict, not an IT challenge, Fifth Domain

Chinese Hackers Breach U.S. Navy Contractors, The Wall Street Journal

The NSA and China feuded in cyberspace in 2014. Will they again?, Fifth Domain

Supermicro concludes ‘Big Hack’ investigation, says no tampering, CyberScoop

Public Health

Teen Vaping Soared In 2018, NPR

What You Need To Know About The Affordable Care Act After Texas Ruling, NPR

‘Bleed Out’ Shows How Medical Errors Can Have Life-Changing Consequences, NPR

Human Rights & Humanitarian Efforts

Human Rights Can’t Leave People With Disabilities Behind, Human Rights Watch

China’s Detention Camps for Muslims Turn to Forced Labor, The New York Times

Kenya: Harassment of Environmental Activists, Human Rights Watch

7-Year-Old Migrant Girl Dies in US Border Patrol Custody, Human Rights Watch

Government & Military Personnel

Quiz: What Happens to Your Pay and Benefits During a Shutdown?, Government Executive

How feds would be impacted by a Christmas shutdown, Federal Times

New BAH rates for 2019 rise 2.5 percent, Military Times

1,750 Gold Star family members get holiday trip to Disney World from Gary Sinise Foundation, CBS

The military could save hundreds of billions — by capping pay, scrapping aircraft, slashing benefits, experts say, Military Times

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